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A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon

===Story=== The late, much-missed River Phoenix had his first starring role in ''A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon'', one of the more unusual teen comedies of the 1980s. Jimmy (Phoenix) is a lower-class kid whose parents have gotten him into a wealthy school, where he hangs out with kids who can't comprehend not having money. Jimmy puts the moves on almost every girl he meets, including Denise (Ione Skye from ''Say Anything'' and ''Gas Food Lodging''), the girlfriend of his best friend Fred (a very young Matthew Perry, who has gone on to huge success on the TV show ''Friends''), even though his own girlfriend, Lisa (Meredith Salenger), is about to move to Hawaii. On the evening of graduation, Jimmy ruins just about every relationship he has and wrecks his dad's car along the way. ''A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon'' is based on a novel that screenwriter-director William Richert wrote when he was 19, and you can tell--the movie is full of self-aggrandizing gestures, bad poetry, and wounded looks. But despite that--or because of it--the movie also has something of the genuine chaos of late adolescence, when you start to realize that the dreams you have might not be what you want, and that your worst fears might not be the worst that could happen. Phoenix is a truly charismatic presence, though his fresh face is a bit at odds with his scamming character. The movie isn't a cinematic ''Catcher in the Rye'', but it's exploring the same troubled territory. ''--Bret Fetzer'' ===DVD Features=== *Color *Widescreen *Dolby


River PhoenixJimmy Reardon
Ann MagnusonJoyce Fickett
Meredith SalengerLisa Bentwright
Ione SkyeDenise Hunter
LouanneSuzie Middleberg
Matthew PerryFred Roberts
Paul KosloAl Reardon
James DeuterMr. Spaulding
Johnny GaleckiToby Reardon

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: William Richert
  • Producer: Image
  • Length: 90 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 1, 1988
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaDec 26, 2000
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